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Europe's Beer Writers Coming To Ireland

On June the 27th, Dublin will host the 4th European Beer Bloggers Conference. As many of you know, I have attended all three so far and was successful in my attempt to bring it to Ireland to showcase Ireland's growing beer scene. This will be the first time the conference has left the UK but we expect a strong attendance due to Dublin being a short and cheap flight away and also the novelty of visiting another European city. You would be surprised by the number of beer writers who have never been to Ireland.

The great news here is that Ireland will have about 100 beer writers from around the word writing and tweeting about Irish beer, Irish pubs and Irish food. Some are beer bloggers like myself, others are journalists and some are full time beer writers who make their living writing about beer. The potential impact is somewhat staggering. I get about 13,000 readers every month. Multiply that by 100 and the number becomes quite impressive. This to an international audience, not just Europe, we often get some people over from the US and beyond. I would hope that this will help set Ireland up as a beer destination and increase tourism. Beer tourism is a real thing and Ireland could do with a piece of the action. We already get beer tourism in the form of people visiting Guinness and the like so let's showcase our independent micro breweries to the world.

The conference is now open for registration and costs €95 but the first 60 citizen bloggers (people like me) who sign up and show up will get a stipend from Molson Coors, our elite sponsor which makes the conference free. Even if you miss the boat on the free part, what you get for the €95 is well worth the money.

If you're a beer blogger, I encourage you to sign up now. If you are thinking about starting a beer related blog, now is the time to start and when the conference comes along you will learn a lot and have a fantastic weekend at the same time.

There's only 8 months between now and the conference but I expect and hope that spaces will fill up quickly. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. directly.

 

 

By Reuben Gray

 

National Homebrew Festival

This Saturday, our friends at the National Homebrew Club will be hosting what is probably Ireland's first homebrew beer festival. This is a completely free event both in terms of entry and beer. In fact, it has been worked out that there are roughly 500 pints of homebrew going for free.

This isn't any old homebrew either, this is award wining homebrew. The winners of the NHC national homebrew competition earlier in the year are back with their brews so everyone can have a taste and ask questions of the brewer. This festival will highlight the sort of quality you can achieve with amateur brewing and this in turn can lead to brewers going on to open their own brewery and add to the ever increasing list of Irish micro breweries in Ireland, a number that should be over 40 by this time next year.

I will be there myself with my Dark Stranger Stout which won silver medal in the stout category and was also one of the few beers to get 44, the highest points on the day.

The beer will be served from corny kegs in a cask setup with hand pumps and since the beers are keg conditioned, this will be a real ale affair.

The overall winning beer, Ormeau Dark will also be there if you haven't had it yet. The beer was brewed commercially by Trouble Brewing.

The event kicks off at the Bernard Shaw at 12pm and all are welcome.

 

By Reuben Gray

Brewery Corner scoops national award

Brewery Corner, Kilkenny

It's not a brewery and it's not on a corner, but Kilkenny's leading craft beer pub can now boast national recognition having been awarded the 2013 Craft Beer Pub of the Year by Licensing World Magazine.

Even though the pub has only been in business for less than six months, the award will come as no surprise to anyone who has visited: perhaps uniquely among Irish pubs, every beer on tap comes from an Irish microbrewery and the selection is wide-ranging. Although the premises is owned by the Carlow Brewing Company it is heartening to see such support being given to the smaller producers.

The pub itself is clean and modern with some nice traditional touches including open fires. The staff are well trained, extremely helpful and show a genuine enthusiasm for craft beer.

Congratulations from Beoir to all who have made Brewery Corner such a success in a short space of time.

Brewery Corner: 29 Parliament Street, Kilkenny.

(Picture from Facebook)

Meet Christina

I really have been into craft beer since I came of age to legally drink in America. My parents lived in Wisconsin which is home to some amazing craft breweries like New Galrus, a small brewery that makes some truly exceptional beers, including their famous Spotted Cow. When I was at University in West Virginia, we used to drive 45 minutes out of state to pick up quality craft beers that weren't available in the state yet. I've lived in six states in the US, most recently, in Northern Virginia, outside of Washington, D.C. The craft beer scene in and around DC is massive. There are loads of events like the Northern Virginia Brewfest, as well as some great craft breweries, brew pubs and craft beer bars. Craft beer is a big movement in DC and you will, in my estimation, run into more people who like craft beer than not. It was because of this that a friend and I co-founded a craft beer group for women in 2009, which my friend still runs. 
I moved to Ireland in August of 2011 to pursue my postgraduate degrees and joined Beoir right away. 
 
Christina is the founder of the Dublin Ladies Craft Beer Society on meetup.com
 
Chairman's note:
 
We have set up a new forum on Beoir forum called Beoir Ladies and Christina will be trying to round up women to join Beoir and get involved as well as existing women who tend not to be so active. Christina has already organised many beer events for women in the US and Ireland so I am confident in her abilities.
 
 

     

 

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